Philadelphia takes out top honour
Philadelphia Hughes, right, with last year’s national winner Sally Moylan, from Canberra.
Friday, 20 November 2015 3:35 pm
Philadelphia Hughes, from the Northern Territory, has been named Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year at this year’s Australian Training Awards ceremony held last night in Hobart. The 27-year-old, who did not finish high school, initially returned to study to prove a point to those who did not believe she could do it. She has completed a Certificate IV in Frontline Management and is now at university, working towards becoming a psychologist.
Thurston takes out rugby league’s Golden Boot
Rugby league champion Johnathan Thurston.
Friday, 20 November 2015 10:00 am
November 20: Aboriginal star Johnathan Thurston has won rugby league’s Golden Boot world award for a record third time. The 32-year-old, who this year led the North Qld Cowboys to their first NRL grand final triumph and won the Dally M Medal for a record fourth time, was the overwhelming choice of a 28-strong Golden Boot panel featuring writers and former winners for the award. Thurston also won it in 2011 and 2013.
South Australia to compensate Stolen Gens
Thursday, 19 November 2015 3:37 pm
November 19: South Australian Aboriginal people stolen from their families will be compensated by the state government. An $11 million fund will provide payments to members of the Stolen Generations, including $6 million to go to individuals and their families and $5 million for community payments to cover such things as memorials and counselling and support services. It will allow for individual payments of up to $50,000 and remove the need for members of the Stolen Generations to take legal action.
Roy Ah-See elected as NSWALC chair
Roy Ah See has been elected chair of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council.
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 3:02 pm
WIRADJURI man Roy Ah-See has been elected chair of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC), the largest Aboriginal organisation in Australia. Cr Ah-See, representing Sydney/Newcastle region, was elected by the nine councillors, who met today for the first time since the NSWALC Elections on 31 October. Gamilaraay woman Anne Dennis was elected as deputy chair. Cr Dennis represents the North West region. Cr Ah-See, a former deputy chair, replaces Cr Craig Cromelin, who had held the position for the past two years.
Mundine contemplates retirement
A battered Anthony Mundine in his corner during his WBC Silver super welterweight title fight in Melbourne last night.
Thursday, 12 November 2015 9:40 am
ANTHONY Mundine is contemplating retirement after a crushing loss in his World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver super welterweight title fight to American Charles Hatley in Melbourne last night. The fight was stopped in the 11th round just as Mundine’s father Tony threw in the towel in at the Melbourne Convention Centre, handing Hatley a one-sided TKO victory. The loss scuppered hopes of landing a big-money world title fight against an international name like Miguel Cotto and Mundine said it could mean the end of his 15-year career.
Ella-Duncan inducted into Netball Hall of Fame
Marcia Ella-Duncan, who has been inducted into the Netball Hall of Fame.
Friday, 6 November 2015 2:30 pm
THE first Aboriginal woman to represent Australia in netball Marcia Ella-Duncan has entered the Australian Netball Hall of Fame. Ella-Duncan, a descendant of the Yuin people of the NSW South Coast, played 18 tests and won a silver medal at the 1987 Netball World Cup. Ella-Duncan was the first Aboriginal athlete to win a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport. “The sport has given me an opportunity to break the mould and defy my destiny,” she said.
Indigenous All Stars to take on the world
Wednesday, 4 November 2015 3:19 pm
THE NRL Indigenous All Stars will take on the world next year, after the fixture has been revamped. The NRL announced today that next year’s match, to be played on February 13 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, will feature the Indigenous All Stars against the newly-termed World All Stars. Koori Mail columnist and former NRL star Preston Campbell, the architect of the All Stars concept, joined World All Stars coach Wayne Bennett in announcing the changes in Brisbane today.
Foundation wins case against Government
MJDF vice chair Gayangwa Lalara, top left, with community workers Julie Gungunbuy Wunungmurra, top right, and front Joyce Lalara, left, and Steve
Wurramara, right, in 2014.
Wednesday, 4 November 2015 12:31 pm
A CHARITY that supports Aboriginal people with a rare degenerative disease living in the Northern Territory has won a landmark case against the Federal Government. Federal Court Justice Flick has found that Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion Scullion did not have the power to revoke an earlier decision to make a $10 million grant to the Machado Joseph Disease Foundation (MJDF) from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA).
NSWALC election results finalised
Tuesday, 3 November 2015 10:03 am
THE NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) election results are in and the nine regional councillors are: Stephen Ryan (Central), Peter Smith (Mid North Coast), Tina Williams (North Coast), Anne Dennis (North Western), Charles Lynch (Northern), Danny Chapman (South Coast), Roy Ah See (Sydney-Newcastle), William Murray (Western) and Craig Cromelin (Wiradjuri). Across the regions, 46 candidates stood for the election, which is held every four years.
Huggins and Little new Congress co-chairs
Jackie Huggins and Rod Little have been elected as the Congress co-chairs.
Thursday, 29 October 2015 9:00 pm
JACKIE Huggins and Rod Little have been elected as the new co-chairs of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. Dr Huggins is a Bidjara/Birri Gubba Juru woman who has worked in many fields, including as a historian and author. Mr Little is a Yamaji and Nyoongar man who has been a member of the ACT’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body since 2008 and chair since 2011. Norma Ingram and Katie Kiss have been named as new Congress directors.